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Customer Care Advisor - 3 month fixed term contract

Contract  for Arcadia Group in Leeds

THE COMPANY

With over 2,500 stores, over 41,000 staff and an estimated £2.7 billion turnover, there’s no doubting the fact that Arcadia Group and BHS is an established powerhouse on the UK high street. There are seven brands – Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topshop, Topman, Wallis and out of town shopping concept, Outfit plus BHS Ltd. In fact, the Group’s UK success has been so great that it has propelled several of the brands to stake new territories across the globe – there are now over 500 stores across 6 of the brands, in over 30 different countries spanning Europe, the Far and Middle East, South East Asia and America.

SHARED SERVICES

Operating at the heart of our business, Shared Services offer efficiencies to all of our Brands by providing centralised resources and competitive synergies for the Group. The Shared Services teams work across all Brands and are responsible for a huge range of activities from delivering product to over 30 countries worldwide, to achieving award winning store designs and handling 100,000 Customer Care calls each year. Within Shared Services there are over 1,000 employees working across 16 distinctive departments including IT, Finance, HR, Logistics, PR, Property, Ecommerce and Sourcing.

OUR CULTURE

Never ones to stand still, Arcadia Shared Service employees enjoy a fast pace and are always looking forward to exciting opportunities to support our Brands. No two days are ever the same, being heavily influenced by the fluctuating nature of the retail industry means we are always on our toes but we are driven by our passion to support and enable business growth. Keeping up to date with the industry and staying commercially astute runs through-out our departments in order to deliver results and always challenge the status quo. To achieve our aims as Shared Service departments we look for people with energy, focus and tenacity, in order to develop the best for our business and the teams around us.

OUR REWARD & BENEFITS PACKAGE

CORE BENEFITS

• Pension Scheme.

• Staff Discount - 25% in Arcadia and 20% in BHS (some exclusions apply).

• Personal Accident Insurance - 24hrs worldwide.

• Interest Free Season Ticket Loan.

• Holiday Trading - Buying / Selling.

• Bonus Scheme - Giving you the opportunity to add to your salary and benefits.

HOLIDAYS

• Less than 5 years service = 22 days.

• More than 5 years service = 25 days.

EXTRAS

We also offer a range of extra benefits including external discounts through our ‘uSave’ website. There are thousands of offers to choose from including High Street and online shopping deals as well as a number of spa breaks and holidays.

YOUR CAREER WITH USWe offer and encourage career development across all of our Shared Services departments, be it via on the job training, workshops to professional qualification sponsorship.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title: Customer Care Advisor

Location: Leeds

THE DEPARTMENT

The Customer Services Centre manages all retail and online related customer contacts for the Arcadia Brands. The Centre also provides support functions for stores and other areas of the business including home shopping and mystery shopping. Reporting to the Customer Service Manager this position would ideally suit someone with complaint management experience keen to develop a career in customer services.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

-Provide quality responses to customer contacts in writing, by telephone and email

-Respond to customer correspondence and emails in a plain English style, where necessary without the use of standard templates

-Take ownership and manage own complaint caseload to reach first time resolutions

-Balance business needs against customer expectations to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction

-Negotiate solutions with different customer groups prioritising external customer needs wherever possible

-Work within and outside the parameters of company policy, to find creative solutions to customer issues

-Develop and utilise a network of contacts within head office and field teams to ensure positive customer outcomes

-Demonstrate the ability to balance telephone, written and administrative work to ensure that personal targets and departmental service levels are met

-Contribute to departmental meetings, focus groups, projects and training sessions as and when required

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

-Ability to see things from the customers perspective and put the customer first

-Good standard of literacy

-Excellent listening and verbal communication skills

-Proven time management skills and a willingness to take ownership of work

-Demonstrable understanding of a Customer Services environment, especially complaints

-Calm disposition coupled with the ability to work well under pressure

-Ability to work positively as part of a team both with colleagues and management

-Methodical and organised approach to ensure that all customer contacts are correctly completed

-Open to receiving feedback and able to provide constructive feedback to management and other areas of the business

-Ability to multi-task several different workflows and customers at any one time

-Strong problem solving skills coupled an ability to negotiate through alternative solutions with the customer

-Flexibility to work the required shift patterns to ensure adequate cover in the department at all times

As the Department is open weekends and Bank Holidays, you may be required to work during these periods.

Job added on 14-11-2014